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Two in a row for Cobh

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 4:49pm

For the second time running, Cobh has been ranked the second favourite cruise destination.

The port town came second in the British Isles and western Europe in the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.

Cruise Critic is a cruise review site and online cruise community and the awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted by cruise passengers to the Cruise Critic website.

For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Lisbon ranked second and third respectively.

Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager, Port of Cork said: “When Cobh was awarded this in 2016 we were thrilled. Never did we think we’d be ranked second again in 2017! It’s a fantastic result for Cobh and the county.

“As always this is a genuine collaborative team effort and it could not be done without an extremely dedicated group of people who believe in our destination.

“Once the liner arrives, together with Cork City Council we offer tourism ambassadors on every liner, local entertainment and then as their visit ends, we have the Cobh Brass band on the quayside as the liner departs. This all helps in making a visit to a port memorable and positive,” he said.

Captain McCarthy also said that it is fortunate that there is an abundance of tourist attractions for cruise passengers to visit in both Cork city and county, which are all easily accessible from the port.

He said that it is these experiences that have ensured Cobh remains in the top five cruise destinations in Western Europe.

Adam Coulter, UK managing editor, Cruise Critic said: “Picking a cruise itinerary isn’t easy, particularly given the increasing number of amazing destinations accessible by cruise.

“Analysing first-hand visitor feedback of cruise destinations world-wide enables us to identify those they loved most, which is true testament to their appeal. By sharing this insight, we hope to inspire and guide travellers to select a cruise itinerary, which they too, will love.”

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